Penn Sociology Undergraduate Awards and Honors

Outstanding Student Award: This award is given to a graduating senior who has accumulated an exceptional all-around record in Sociology. Factors that will be considered include Sociology GPA, overall academic achievement, involvement in class, fellowships and awards received, presentations at conferences and public meetings, and other efforts to bring knowledge from the field of Sociology to bear in the social world inside or outside of Penn. Students must be nominated by a Sociology faculty member. Self-nominations are not allowed. 

2020 - Chelsea Gardner
2019 - KaJaiyaiu Hopkins
2018 - Jenna Priore
2017 - Anya Hutter
2016 - Elizabeth Schwartz

E. Digby Baltzell Senior Thesis Award: Awarded for the best senior thesis submitted by a sociology major during the year. 

2020 (Co-winners)
Chelsea Gardner, "Exploring the Role of Skin Tone Among Black, Low-Income, College Students." Advisor, Wendy Roth.
Cindy Luo, "Linguistic Trajectories and Heritage Language Journeys: Patterns of Language Maintenance & Language Shift in Second Generation Chinese Americans." Advisor, Betsy Rymes.

2019 - Seyeon Kim, “The Role of Test Scores in the Students’ Occupational Aspirations.” Advisor, Hyunjoon Park.

2018 - Benjamin Pollack, "Clinical Socialization and Engagement of Adolescent Male Patients within the Medical System." Advisor: Prof. Charles Bosk.

2017 - Golda Kaplan, "'Now it’s just normal': Anticipatory Socialization in Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Behavior." Advisor, Prof. Annette Lareau.

2016 - Aliza Caplan, "From Employment to Retirement: A Study of West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC)." Advisor, Dr. Robin Leidner.

2015 - Chloe Sigal, "Cashing In Versus Being Dangerous: The Class-Mediated Nature of Social Movement Coalition Identity: A Case Study of Two Philadelphia Black Lives Matter Coalitions." Advisor, Dr. Amada Armenta. 

Outstanding Service Award: Awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional service to the program, Penn, and the outside community.

2020 - Mckayla Warwick
2019 - Cathy Tran
2018 - Tiffany Yau
2017 - Tiffany Rodriguez 

Best Paper Award: This award is given to any Penn undergraduate in recognition of the best paper submitted to any undergraduate Sociology class at Penn. Faculty are asked to submit no more than two papers per year for consideration. Self-nominations are not allowed.  Papers written in the previous Fall and Spring will be considered. 

2020 - Sophia Lindner (’20): "Through Their Eyes: Revisiting the First Great Migration to Philadelphia - A Digital Exhibit." SOCI 660, Exhibiting Black Bodies, Tukufu Zuberi.

2019 - Nathaniel Redding, "Building Men’s Friendships: Mechanisms by which Men Achieve and Maintain Closeness." SOCI 222, Field Methods, Annette Lareau.

2018 - Co-winners:
Julia Tolmachyov (Finance major) "Body Consciousness in Female Adolescents: A Case Study." Sociology of Gender, Fall 2017, Prof. Robin Leidner
Cathy Tran "First-generation students: Navigating the College Experience through Peer Influence." Field Methods, Spring 2017, Prof. Annette Lareau.

2017 - Rebecca Brown, "They’re Still With Her: Student Volunteers Discuss the 2017 Presidential Election, Their Passionate Selves, and Professional Futures" (SOCI 517: Work and Identity, Prof. Robin Leidner).

2016 - Max Meis, "Las Maquiladoras y la Immagración: A Failure by the Mexican Government." (SOCI 431: Modern Mexican Society, Instructor Dr. Juan Manuel Lombera)

Students who graduated with Honors in Sociology ('17-present):

2020: Rachel Fromer, Chelsea Gardner, Sophia Lindner, Cindy Luo, Peter Maisano, Mercedes Morgante-Guiliani, and Ángel Ortiz-Siberón

2019: Luis Bravo, Belden Carlson, Jenny Choi, KaJaiyaiu Hopkins, Seyeon Kim, Anea Moore, Cathy Tran

2018: Benjamin Pollack, Tiffany Yau

2017: Louisa Baidoo, Michael Coyne, Anya Hutter, Golda Kaplan, Tiffany Rodriguez, and Francine Stephens